Ryan Cantrell

Senior Director, Charters, Choice and Political Engagement

Central Time Zone



Ryan Cantrell

Prior to joining the PIE Network team, Ryan served as Regional Advocacy and Political Director at the American Federation for Children. His background also includes experience in policy design and research and state-level political campaigns. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2008 from Faulkner University, where he was also an All-Conference, All-Region golfer.  

He is a die-hard college sports fan (War Eagle!), enthusiastic golfer and avid book reader. He also serves on the board of LEAD Academy Charter School in Montgomery, Alabama, where he resides with his wife, Logan, and three children, Hampton, Sophie and Weston.


What I do:

Support advocacy organizations that are working to expand educational options for parents. Spread resources and best practices that produce positive educational outcomes for students.


Reach out to me about:

Learning how giving parents more educational options can improve student outcomes; research and data that makes the case; political strategies that lead to more effective advocacy work.